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Salutations Readers!

Kalamazoo has good food.
Great food, in fact. We have made it our mission to check out all the local eateries one at a time - and more for our own poor memories than any other reason, we'll be chronicling our adventures in food here. And some places float our boats way more than others, which is why we have developed the very scientific
five golden forks rating scale. Ok. It is not scientific at all. It is actually quite unscientific. But, it is something. And now, you can search all of our reviews by the forks rating. YAY!

But, wait! There's more!
Kalamazoo Foodies no longer just eat at restaurants then review them. There are recipes posted, some easy, some less easy, all delicious. There are, or will be, book reviews, the new
Foodie Movie Review-y which will focus on movies about food or ones that have a lot of beautiful food in them. There are other food musings, and hopefully soon contests and so much more. But, Foodie Friends, it is all about food. Because we love it!
And, we want to hear from you!

We want to hear your comments on our recipes and reviews. We want to know where you love to eat. And, we are looking for GUEST bloggers to broaden our horizons a bit. And, if you haven't found us on Facebook, you should do that too. Like our page for other fun Foodies stuff like photos, polls, and more.

SO KALAMAZOO PATRONS - where do YOU love to eat? Because we'd love to check it out and share our thoughts here. Give us a comment below, and quickly! Our tummies are grumbling in anticipation.

A Note from the Foodies about our typical fair:
So, you may notice as you read our blog that we often order the same thing wherever we go. OK, maybe not quite, but we do often order similar things. Kristin has her caprese salads and mushroom dishes. Kate has her baked goat cheese and things with tofu. Well, readers, we wanted to let you know that this is absolutely intentional. A) We love those things, so why not order what you love? And, B) It is a lot easier to compare apples to apples than it is to compare apples to comquats. So, we like to order similar things to have a good sense of how to compare them. Just wanted to let you in on that little secret. Bon appetit!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Culp's Cafe, Dayton, Ohio

Kate: Roasted Vegetable and Goat Cheese Omelet
Clearly I was exploring Dayton a little while I was there for work. On Sunday morning, we were looking for brunch, preferably at a non-chain place. We were near the University of Dayton campus, and we hoped on Google Maps to see what might be close. Culp's Cafe popped up, and we were intrigued. One of the most intriguing things about this place is that it is tucked in the Carillon Park, a 65-acre area with 25 historical buildings and many more artifacts and exhibits. It was a short drive from campus, so off we went...
Its a charming little place. When you walk in, you feel like you have taken a step back in time. The hostess was wearing traditional waitress looking outfit and the decor is that of a 1950s dinner. The breakfast menu had several griddle items, a long list of omelets, and other gems. I was instantly drawn to the roasted vegetable and goat cheese omelet. Shocking, I am sure! The menu description boasted zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, onions and more. YUM! So, you can imagine my disappointment when the omelet came to my table and was full of red and yellow bell peppers and goat cheese. Yep, that was it. It still tasted good, but it was a bit of a let down to not get what you were expecting. I can understand that certain vegetables are seasonal, but if that is the case, then it should indicate on your menu that that is a possibility... I'm just saying...That disappointment aside, it tasted good. The fried potatoes on the side were well done and seasoned nicely and the rye toast, my favorite, is always a good compliment to breakfast.
Apparently, Culp's Cafe is under new management, so towards the end of our dining experience, the new owner sauntered over to our table to ask about our dining experience. He said "maybe you all can make this one of your regular spots," which I thought was pretty good salesmanship...we informed him that we don't live in the Dayton area, but that we would stop back the next time we were in town. I could see this becoming a regular spot for me if it was close by... and if they don't falsely represent their menu items...
Overall, good breakfast and cool setting.

three golden forks out of five.

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